The process of getting a puppy

One of our goals is to make sure you have a smooth and enjoyable time selecting and bringing home a puppy.  We welcome your questions and look forward to interacting with you.

The first step in securing a puppy is to decide what kind of dog is the best fit for you.  Will a medium or large dog fit into your home and lifestyle?  Will a smaller dog work better for you?  Another issue to consider is coat.  Do you or any of your family members have allergies?  If so, you want to look for a puppy that is no- or low-shedding.

Timing is also important; you need to be totally ready for a puppy.  Adding a puppy to your life is like bringing home a baby from the hospital.  The puppy will need lots of attention, especially at first.

Five simple steps


Choose a breed.


Consider timing.


Review upcoming litters.


Pay a deposit to secure a puppy.


Wait for a pregnancy announcement.


We usually open the list for a litter six months before the litter is expected to be born.  To find out which lists are currently open, please click on the link below.


When ready, you will pay a deposit, and this will secure your spot in line.  The deposit is fully refundable until the time we have a confirmed pregnancy, usually about five weeks before the due date.  After that, it becomes non-refundable.  It can, however, be transferred to a future litter.

We accept deposits in the following ways:

⇒   Paypal
⇒   Money order
⇒   Cashier’s check
⇒   Personal check (the spot is secured when the check clears the bank)

Before you make a deposit, please contact us so that we can provide you with more information about the upcoming litter and answer any questions you may have.  We will let you know about your spot in the selection process and give you details about how to send your deposit.

Listening for puppy heartbeats

A stethoscope: an essential tool

The wait

Once you have secured a puppy with a deposit, it is just a matter of waiting until the puppies make their arrival.  We will let you know the mother’s due date, although it can vary by a few days, just like with humans.  Most expectant puppy owners find the wait challenging.  It is like waiting for a baby to arrive.

Meanwhile, we are busy behind the scenes.  We feed the expectant mama a diet rich in nutrients.  We monitor her growth.  As we approach the due date, we take the mama’s temperature and listen for puppy heartbeats.  It is always a thrill to feel one of the puppies kick.  Then we know the time for whelping is close.